As compact as Austin is, there is a lot of real estate diversity. Each neighborhood has a distinct personality that compliments its residents. If you’re moving to Austin or just thinking of changing locations in town, get to know your options and find the perfect new community.
Just north of the University of Texas campus, Hyde Park is a great central location. The houses tend to be a bit older and smaller—there are a lot of modest bungalows with two or three rooms. Recently, Redfin Corp. ranked Hyde Park as the fourth-hottest real estate market in the country
based on sales data, web traffic, and agent observations. It was the only Austin neighborhood to make the list, which included hotspots like Eastwood in Nashville and Mount Pleasant in Washington D.C.
Hyde Park is blessed with a plethora of local businesses and is adjacent to both the Hancock Center HEB and the north Fiesta Supermercado. If you’re thinking of checking out the neighborhood, stop at Quack’s
for a coffee with a fresh baked good and stop at the Elisabet Ney Museum
for just a taste of the unique culture Hyde Park offers.
If you’re looking for a large home in an established neighborhood, the Zilker neighborhood offers the close-knit neighborhood feel you’re looking for. Zilker has a mix of mid-sized to large homes on sizeable lots. It is also home to some of the best Elementary schools in the AISD system and feeds into Austin High School. Zilker is a stone’s throw from—you guessed it—Zilker Park, so there the annual ACL Festival noise pollution to consider; but seeing as it only lasts 2 weekends a year, it doesn’t defer many from this ideal spot.
Being in the Zilker neighborhood puts you close to the businesses and restaurants of Barton Springs and Lamar as well as the Bee Cave Trader Joe’s, so whatever you need is right around the corner. And while you’re a cheap Uber ride from downtown, Zilker is home to Green belt entrance Gus Fruh
, so in a short hike you’re out of the city and in the tranquility of Austin’s creek side oasis.
If living further north suits you, Wooten is an old Austin neighborhood between Anderson Lane, Burnet, and US 183. Remember the Richard Linklater classic Dazed and Confused
? Many of the homes and streets you see in that movie are located in the Wooten neighborhood. It was also named by Redfin as one of the hottest neighborhoods in Austin
, but don’t mistake Wooten for being too trendy. It’s surprisingly affordable and only a 10-minute drive to downtown (depending on what kind of construction is happening on MOPAC, of course.)
Recently, Burnet and Anderson has developed into booming business centers with its own hip eateries like Black Star Co-Op
as well as South Austin favorites like Hopdoddy Burger Bar
and Lucy’s Fried Chicken
. You can also catch the Austin City MetroRail
from this area, making your commute a little less painful if you’re working downtown.